654 History of Wake Forest College
there―Dr. Oscar Baxter and Quintin Busbee of the United States
Navy, and Colonel Junius Wheeler of the United States Army."1
Ingram was also there; at the first blare of the trumpet he had
volunteered for the service as a calvaryman. Colonel Junius Wheeler
was a student at Wake Forest in 1843-44; after a year he had left the
College for a cadetship at the United States Military Academy at West
Point ; later he was on the teaching staff of the Academy. Qunitin D.
Busbee was a student at the College in 1838-39. After leaving the
College he studied law at the University of North Carolina, and was
admitted to the bar. Oscar Fitz A. Baxter, of the class of 1840, had got
his degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
and was in 1846 Assistant Surgeon in the Navy.
When the Civil War came on, the College, like all other educational
institutions of the South, was seriously involved. Professor L. R. Mills
thus describes2 affairs at Wake Forest about the time that North
Carolina seceded from the Union, May 20, 1861. "I was graduated
from Wake Forest College with the degree of B.A. the latter part of
May [May 28], 1861. The same day the papers brought the news of
the battle of Big Bethel, fought the day before. The excitement all
over the South was intense, and, as in the case of Aeneas during the
siege of Troy,
Furor iraque mentem praecipitant,
and almost before I knew it I was a soldier in the Confederate army."
The students of the College were prompt to volunteer, for service in
the army.3
1 S. M. Ingram, "Old Times at Wake Forest," Wake Forest Student, XIII, 476.
2 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, New Series, I, 150.
3 Major James H. Foote, who was in 1861 Professor of Ancient Languages in the
College has this to say in the Wake Forest Student, XXVIII, 337: "At the
commencement of the Civil War in 1861, one hundred of the students volunteered
and formed a company to go to General Lee's army in Virginia, and to my surprise
elected this scribe, then a member of the faculty, as their commander. We joined the
first Regiment as Company I, and many of these brave sons were slain in the great
and bloody battles on the soil of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania in defense of
their country. I saw twenty-five of these
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